The Role of Sport in Fostering Open and Inclusive Societies

15-09-2015

TThis briefing paper provides an overview of models of the roles sport can play in different intercultural and multicultural policy approaches. It highlights in particular the relationship between intercultural and multicultural approaches in the development of social capital among marginal groups in society. Central to the discussion is the adoption of a realist approach to identifying causal mechanisms which bring about social change, and the place of Intergroup Contact Theory in explaining the potential for the development of intercultural understanding through sport.

TThis briefing paper provides an overview of models of the roles sport can play in different intercultural and multicultural policy approaches. It highlights in particular the relationship between intercultural and multicultural approaches in the development of social capital among marginal groups in society. Central to the discussion is the adoption of a realist approach to identifying causal mechanisms which bring about social change, and the place of Intergroup Contact Theory in explaining the potential for the development of intercultural understanding through sport.